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What is incontinence?

Incontinence or bladder weakness is a common problem that impacts millions of people around the world. Much like periods, incontinence remains a stigmatised topic that leads many to feel embarrassed or isolated. If you are experiencing incontinence or are worried about a symptom please visit a health professional. 

What is incontinence?

 So what is incontinence? Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. There are many different types of incontinence including stress incontinence, overflow incontinence, urge incontinence and total incontinence.

You should see a GP or health professional if you are experiencing any type of urinary incontinence. Although it may feel scary, there is nothing embarrassing about incontinence. Seeking medical advice can be a great way to get a diagnosis and start treatment. Using reusable incontinence pads may be a way for people to cope with symptoms during treatment. Find out more on the NHS website.

What causes incontinence?

 Different types of incontinence have different causes. Stress incontinence is usually the result of the damage to or the weakening of the muscles used to prevent urination (e.g. pelvic floor muscles). Urge incontinence is usually caused by overactivity of the muscles which control the bladder. Overflow incontinence is often caused by obstruction in the bladder. Finally, total incontinence may be caused by a problem to the bladder as a result of an injury from birth or a small hole that can form between the bladder and a nearby area.

 Certain things may increase the chances of incontinence. These include a family history of incontinence, increasing age (but incontinence is not an inevitable part of getting older), pregnancy, vaginal birth and obesity.

 Who experiences incontinence?

 Incontinence is not something that impacts just one group of people. Incontinence can impact different people in different ways and at different stages of their lives.


 Incontinence can be treated. Treatments include surgical and non-surgical options. Non-surgical treatments include pelvic floor exercises, medicines or bladder training. Surgical treatments include insertion of nerve devices or sling procedures to strengthen muscles. Find out more about treatments. Social care support is also available for many suffering from incontinence.

Pads for incontinence

 It is important to highlight that incontinence is nothing to be ashamed of and treatment is available to cure or improve incontinence. Treatment can take time and therefore many chose to use pads to cope with continence during their everyday lives. There are a variety of different options out there for urine pads. For those looking for a reusable option and who are experiencing mild bladder weakness, Floco Active Pads may be a good option for you. Explore the pads here.  

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